Although community integration programs are uniquely effective, these programs lack visibility in the overall marketplace of services for people suffering extreme psychiatric experiences.
As a result, they are not on the radar screen of many mental health professionals; while people and their families who could benefit from them – including individuals with long histories in and out of hospitals – often don’t know that an alternative and effective style of psychiatric care exists.
The Association for Community Integration Programs works to rectify this blind spot on both national and local levels.
To promote community integration programs as a central and proven alternative to residential and hospital-level care for many people who have been diagnosed as suffering from psychiatric symptoms. To educate more individuals, families and treatment providers about the substantial and documented benefits of such programs for people struggling with significant mental health issues, and about the growing body of scientific evidence for the effectiveness of this approach.
A4CIP educates the public and the professional community about this vitally necessary treatment option by:
- Creating a national network of like-minded programs that support each other;
- Co-sponsoring communications that raise awareness of our methods and outcomes among mental health professionals, consumers of mental health services; and family members;
- Organizing regular conferences that promote the community integration outlook;
- Contributing to the growing body of evidence that community integrated programs promote psychiatric and psychosocial recovery;
- Supporting research into the effectiveness of this model.
Timothy J. Haley, CPA, CFP
Tim brings 25-plus years of financial and business management experience to his role as Treasurer at the Association for Community Integration Programs. A licensed Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner, Tim earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Miami and his graduate degree Financial Planning from Bentley University, where he graduated first in his class and received the Professor E. Dandes Award for Graduate Academic Excellence. He is on the Community Integration Committee at Prakash Ellenhorn, working to develop relationships with business and community leaders, in part to foster job opportunities for clients.
Outside of work, Tim is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, and a hospice volunteer with Visiting Nurse and Community Health. Tim believes in community integration as a road to recovery, and is helping to build the financial strength of A4CIP as a necessary foundation for expanding awareness of this model.
Ross Ellenhorn, Ph.D.
Dr. Ellenhorn is trained as a sociologist, psychotherapist and social worker. He has dedicated the last two decades to helping individuals suffering psychiatric symptoms find the psychological and social means for remaining outside institutional settings and integrating into their communities.
Dr. Ellenhorn created the first fully-operating intensive hospital diversion and wrap-around program in Massachusetts, and created, then led, one of the first Programs for Assertive Community Treatment teams in the Commonwealth. Along with his partner, Dr. Madhavi Prakash, Dr. Ellenhorn founded Prakash Ellenhorn, an intensive and holistic outreach program serving clients in the Boston area. Prakash Ellenhorn is the most service-intensive private community integration program in the United States, aiming to serve clients, who are typically perceived by mental health professionals as appropriate for hospital care, outside the hospital, in their own communities. Dr. Ellenhorn is currently the CEO of Prakash Ellenhorn.
His book, Parasuicidality and Paradox: Breaking Through the Medical Model, which addresses psychiatric hospital recidivism and techniques for diverting hospital use, was published in 2007. Dr. Ellenhorn has given talks and seminars throughout the country, and has provided consultation to numerous mental health agencies and psychiatric hospitals on the subjects of hospital diversion, community integration, psychosocial rehabilitation, patient careerism and the PACT model. He is trained in Open Dialogue, a method that helps individuals experiencing extreme psychiatric states, and that has demonstrated results in minimizing the need for psychotropic medications. He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Social Welfare and the first person to receive a joint Ph.D. from the prestigious Florence Heller School for Social Welfare Policy and Management and the Department of Sociology at Brandeis University.
Dr. Ellenhorn founded A4CIP as a means to gain much-needed notice for programs that provide psychiatric and psychosocial care to clients living in the community, and that subscribe to the belief that purpose and vocational and educational goals are vital parts of their clients’ growth.
Brad Kennedy, MRC, CRC, CPRP
Brad Kennedy, MRC, is Director of Rehabilitation Services for The Menninger Clinic, overseeing group therapy services and individual psychiatric rehabilitation services. Brad received an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He received a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky. Brad is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and attended Boston University’s Certification Program in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation. He was a founding member of the Compass Young Adult Program at The Menninger Clinic. Brad also served as Program Manager of the Pathfinder Community Integration Program, where he co-developed therapeutic programming and provided consultation on vocational assessments and social skills development to help clients improve their relationships and find the optimal fit of meaningful work, volunteer, or academic roles. Brad is a frequent presenter to local and national audiences on topics of work, mental health, school, and psychiatric rehabilitation issues.